End of Fall 2020 - FAQs

What is the End of Semester Information form and why do I have to fill it out?
The End of Semester Form gathers information about students’ plans to depart from or remain in Providence between semesters. This information is needed in order to pause or maintain students’ COVID-19 testing between the end of fall and beginning of spring semester.  

Where do I find the End of Semester Information form?
The form is located in MyBrown

When is the form due?
Information about students’ end of fall semester plans (i.e., departure or last date of engagement in fall and need for Winter Break housing and/or meal plan) is due Friday, Nov. 13, in MyBrown. Information about students’ return for spring semester is due Sunday, Dec. 13, in MyBrown

If I am an undergraduate living on campus, do I have to move out of my residential assignment when I depart?
If you are departing campus before you receive confirmation of your spring residential assignment from the Office of Residential Life, you should fully vacate your room and return your key when you depart. 

What do the different contact levels for graduate and medical students mean? 

  • High Contact Status: Graduate and medical students who will be on campus three or more days per week and/or have regular contact with students, faculty and staff will be tested twice per week.
  • Medium Contact Status: Graduate and medical students who are on campus two days or less per week, have less regular contact with others, and are teaching remotely will be tested once per week (although they may opt-in to be tested twice a week if they prefer).
  • Low Contact Status: Graduate and medical students who are on campus less than half a day per week and have minimal contact with others may request low contact status which does not require participating in testing (although they may opt-in to be tested once or twice a week if they prefer). Students in this category should be included in their department's RTC campus plan.
  • Remote Status: Graduate students who have chosen the remote study option may not be on-campus and therefore will not be tested.

What if I don’t know my exact date of travel or last date of engagement on campus?
Select the date range in MyBrown that contains the latest likely date for your departure or last date of engagement. 

Can I change my departure date or last date of engagement after Nov. 13?
To make a change to your departure date or last date of engagement after Nov. 13, email the Student Testing Call Center at [email protected] or call 401-863-6500. Students cannot make changes to their testing between Dec. 18 and Jan. 4.

Will COVID-19 testing continue over Winter Break?
Yes. Students remaining on-campus and in Providence are required to continue with testing according to their assigned frequency. The OMAC testing center will be open at reduced hours during Winter Break except for holidays (Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1) when it will be closed. 

What should I expect to be open on campus over Winter Break?
Most university offices will be closed from Monday, Dec. 21, through Friday, Jan. 1. Dining Services will remain open for students on a meal plan. Shuttles will be operating on a reduced schedule. Additional information about hours of operation will be provided closer to the break. 

How do I request on-campus housing over Winter Break (Dec. 18 to Jan. 8)?
On-campus undergraduates who require on-campus housing after the residence halls close (12 noon on Saturday, Dec. 12) can indicate this in MyBrown by Friday, Nov. 13. Students remaining on campus for Winter Break should be prepared to relocate to a temporary housing assignment for the break and/or new spring semester assignment. Winter Break housing is $272 per week ($38 per day). Students who receive University scholarship may be eligible for support to cover some or all of these costs. 

How do I extend or purchase a meal plan over Winter Break (Dec. 18 to Jan. 8)?
Students can sign up for a meal plan in MyBrown by . The Winter Break meal plan is $197 per week ($28 per day) or $759.86 for the full 27 days. Students who receive University scholarship may be eligible for support to cover some or all of these costs.

Can I travel for part of Thanksgiving/Winter Break and remain in Providence for the rest?
It is our expectation that students who depart Providence — whether at Thanksgiving or the end of the term — will remain away from Providence until the residence halls open and the Quiet Period begins on Jan. 9, 2021. Undergraduates who must travel outside of Rhode Island for emergency or essential purposes must first check in with Student Support Services for guidance on the protocol for returning to campus.

When do I need to resume COVID-19 testing?
Students must resume COVID-19 testing as soon as they are either using campus facilities or interacting in person with other members of the Brown community. Students must provide the date when they will return to Providence in MyBrown by Sunday, Dec. 13. Students who use campus facilities or interact in person with members of the Brown community before they have resumed testing will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. 

What is the deadline to provide my return date?
Students need to provide their spring return date by Sunday, Dec. 13, in MyBrown. If you need to make changes after this deadline, email the Student Testing Call Center at [email protected] or call 401-863-6500. Students cannot make changes to their testing between Dec. 18 and Jan. 4.

What are the deadlines I need to know for planning for break and/or my departure from campus?



Friday, Nov. 13, 2020

End of Semester Information form due

Graduate & Medical Students: Last date of engagement in fall 

Undergraduate: Departure and need for Winter Break housing and/or meal plan

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020

On-Campus Undergraduates: Residence halls close at 12 noon

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020

All Students: Spring return date due in MyBrown by 11:59 p.m. EST

Friday, Dec. 18, 2020

Undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Medical Students returning from a leave: Complete educational module and agree to Student Commitment 

Jan. 9-12, 2021

On-Campus Undergraduates: Move into residence halls and off-campus leased housing at scheduled times

Arrival thru Jan. 27, 2021

All Students: Quiet period or quarantine until in-person classes begin Jan. 27, 2021